Good Morning! Today is Tuesday October 16 2018. Today we are looking a passage where Paul is addressing the church and trying to impress upon them how vastly important sexual purity is. The Corinthians were getting into a dangerous mindset believing that in the freedom and grace of Christ they could act however they liked sexually. Paul wanted the church to understand that the act of sex is nothing to be taken lightly. Paul reminds them that one day, just as Christ was raised from the dead, so too will the church. If our bodies are being redeemed now and also in the future then what we do in these bodies now matters. In fact our bodies are a temple where the Spirit of God now resides. We were bought with the price of Christ’s death which has justified and sanctified us. With that knowledge we should glorify God with our bodies in everything we do.
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
[1 Corinthians 6:12-20]
12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What is Lawful, What is helpful? 12
_ What is the stomach for? What is food for? Vs 13
_ What is the body for? What is the Lord for? Vs 13
_ What will God raise up? Vs 14
_ What are our bodies? Vs 15
_ What happens to “he who is joined to the Lord”? Vs 17
_ What should our response to sexual immorality? Vs 18
_ What is within us? Vs 19
_ What should we do? Vs 20
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)